Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Studying Peace and Conflict

The Department offers full-range Bachelor, Master, and PhD Programmes. As a student at the Department you will be part of a vibrant research community and thrive among motivated high-performing fellow students. Our students come from all corners of the world, and all of our classes are taught in English.

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Education at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Peace and Conflict Studies is the study of the causes, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts. Questions commonly asked within the field include, for example: How do states identify and deal with security threats? Why do states and non-state actors choose violent means for solving their political disputes? How are peace processes best designed to reach durable solutions to existing conflicts? What particular challenges do societies face in the aftermath of a civil war? The Department offers comprehensive education in the subject, including full-range Bachelor, Master, and PhD Programmes. As a student at the Department you will engage with a vibrant research environment and thrive among motivated high-performing fellow students. All classes are taught in English and the students regularly come from all corners of the world. Moreover, the relatively small size of the Department allows for close ties between students and teachers.

The analytic skills gained through our courses and programmes are useful for students aiming to become either academics or practitioners in their professional life. Students from our Department have proceeded to careers within, for example, international organizations such as the United Nations, governmental ministries and agencies, as well as various non-governmental organizations. Other alumni have pursued PhD studies at prestigious universities worldwide, including Columbia University (New York), Johns Hopkins (Washington, DC), King’s College (London), Oxford University, and European University Institute (Florence). 

  • Lecture on Peace Research by Peter Wallensteen

  • Alumni Talks 2017: A closer look at the United Nations

  • Alumni Talks 2016: Democracy from Below or Above? Prospects and Challenges for Peace.

  • Alumni Talks 2014: Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future, part 1

  • Alumni Talks 2014: Peace in the World: Trends in Modern History and Prospects for the Future, part 2